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Newsletter Listing intro for week 17

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

The MTA are once again proud to sponsor Cranfield University’s National Manufacturing Debate, which takes place on 25th May. The theme of this year’s event is accelerating UK manufacturing growth to match the best of the G7. Details on how to attend can be found in the story below.

The drumbeat of the EU Referendum gets louder and louder. Last year the MTA ran a major consultative exercise which revealed the 89% of our members believed that it was in the interests of their companies to remain within the EU. If you would like to lend your support and that of your company more directly to the Remain campaign please contact the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell at podonnell@mta.org.uk .

Our Learning & Development offering has been revving up in the past few months and the MTA was pleased to support the F1 in Schools initiative at Silverstone last week as well as the Girl Kart Grand Prix. The aim of both projects is to encourage young people to change their perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, science and technology.

For more details on these worthwhile projects contact our L&D Co-ordinator Laura Pickering lpickering@mta.org.uk. Laura would also like to ensure we contact the correct people within your company, so please can you email and provide the name, job title, email address and contact telephone number of the person responsible for Learning & Development/Education & Training/ Apprentice Recruitment within your organisation.

We have been contacted by the European General Manager of the US company, DRAKE Manufacturing who are looking for a partner to sell their machines in the UK market. Details on how to do so can be found within the Brief. 

MTA associate members Bridge PR are hosting a Partner Day on the 19th May at Twycross Zoo. The half day event will provide you with the opportunity to meet with Bridge PR’s other network partners, from photographers, graphic designers, SEO specialists, business development managers, and even IT experts to uncover some of the ways in which you could work together with, or without, Bridge. Details on how to attend can be found in the below story.

Join UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) on 10th May at the sixth UK-Turkey JETCO, aimed at strengthening economic and commercial ties between the UK and Turkey. To register email TurkeyJETCO@uktieventspecialist.co.uk.  

Romi are having their Open House event 18/19th May at their Rugby HQ. During the event they will be showcasing our latest CNC machine tools & plastic injection moulding machines. Find out how to attend in the story below.

The UK GDP numbers released this week showed a slight slow-down in quarterly growth, although the annualised rate was unchanged from that at the end of 2015; both manufacturing and construction showed a fall in activity, with the growth generated mainly in services.  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey was a little more optimistic with expectations of output growing in the coming 3 months and, perhaps more importantly, a sharp increase in investment intentions for plant & machinery, although a good chunk of this comes from the food & drink industry where some major manufactures have been affected by flooding earlier in the year.

That’s all for this week we’ll be back next Friday until then enjoy your long weekend from everyone at the MTA.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 1st Quarter 2016:  This week saw the release by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the first estimate for growth in the UK economy in the 1st quarter of the year.  This showed that the UK economy grew by +0.4% compared to the 4th quarter of 2015 and was +2.1% larger than a year earlier.

Learning & Development initiatives

Learning & Development initiatives

The MTA is in the planning process of some new Learning & Development initiatives. 

To ensure we contact the correct people within your company, please can you provide the name, job title, email address and contact telephone number of the person responsible for Learning & Development/Education & Training/ Apprentice Recruitment to Laura Pickering, the MTA’s Learning & Development Co-ordinator at lpickering@mta.org.uk.

UK-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Committee

UK-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Committee

10 May 2016

Register now!

Join UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) at the sixth UK-Turkey JETCO, aimed at strengthening economic and commercial ties between the UK and Turkey.

With a number of opportunities in this priority region, this is an unmissable chance to:

• Hear from the UK Minister for Trade and the Turkish Minister of Economy

(Trade), plus take part in their Q&A session

• Discuss potential collaboration in Turkey and third markets with selected

International research project cuts the cost and environmental impact of composite production

International research project cuts the cost and environmental impact of composite production

New technologies and techniques that radically reduce the cost and environmental impact of using composites are entering production following the completion of a four-year European research project, involving the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC).

The REFORM project has cut the energy used in some processes by more than 50 per cent, reduced production costs by more than 45 per cent and increased recycling of some consumables and raw materials to around 95 per cent.

KARTELLE TRIUMPH AT GIRL KART GRAND PRIX

KARTELLE TRIUMPH AT GIRL KART GRAND PRIX

South east London team Kartelle has triumphed at London’s first ever Girl Kart Grand Prix which was sponsored by MTA. 

Once dubbed ‘the fastest woman in the world’, (ex)racing driver Susie Wolff was on hand on Friday to inspire future female racing drivers, automotive designers and engineers testing their skills at London’s first ever GIRL Kart Grand Prix.

Ms Wolff handed the top prize to a delighted south east London team 'Kartelle', who left the rest of the field behind with their kart, built from scratch in just three hours.

Business Opportunity – US Manufacturer looking for UK Agent

Business Opportunity – US Manufacturer looking for UK Agent

We have been contacted by the European General Manager of the US company, DRAKE Manufacturing who are looking for a partner to sell their machines in the UK market.  DRAKE claim to be a world leader in grinding machines for helix type profiles and are seeking an agent who understands this market and already has knowledge of the principles of grinding – they would also need to have service engineers with knowledge of Fanuc controls.  Their main customers are tapping tool manufacturers, electrical steering manufacturers for worms and nuts, ball screw manufacturers and other customers who make

F1 in schools

F1 in schools

On Thursday 21 April the 2016 F1 in Schools National Finals (F1 Class) took place at Silverstone.

Each team had a “pit stop” to exhibit their work, demonstrating just how much hard work had been put into their projects.

The event was well attended, with knockout rounds throughout day. It was fantastic to see a good ratio of both male and female contestants within the teams.

Congratulations to Enigma UK, the winning team from Robert Mays School in Hampshire that will go on to compete in the F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin, Texas this September.

You're invited to attend the Bridge Partner Day

You're invited to attend the Bridge Partner Day

Partnership (noun). The state of being a partner or partners.

Sometimes in order to deliver exceptional results to our clients we need to call upon the expertise of others, which is where you come in.

Over the years at Bridge PR we have worked hard to establish a network of trusted partners, all of whom share our own ethos of delivering real value to clients.

In order for our partner network to continue adding real value we would like to invite you to attend our upcoming partner day:

MTA on this week’s GDP Figures

MTA on this week’s GDP Figures

James Selka CEO Manufacturing Technologies Association comments on the release of this week’s GDP figures.

"Manufacturing GDP figures shouldn't be taken as a sign that the whole of the sector is languishing in the doldrums. Much of the high value advanced manufacturing that is being driven by the latest technology - sectors like aerospace and automotive - continues to thrive and invest. We see a healthy demand for new technologies and an acceleration in manufacturing innovation."